Are you a technology and gadget fan? Do you fill your home with tablets, phones and laptops? Do your kids enjoy using them?
We are a family keen on technology. And the children are being brought up in an environment where they are familiar with all these things, and we are really happy about that. I’m not getting in to a debate here about what is healthy for kids in terms of the time spent playing on these, but more the positive aspects of technology in the home, and for the family.
Our home is adorned with technology. We’ve found ourselves in situations where we’ve had some spare cash to treat ourselves. We had some PPI money last year, and so bought our first iPad. I’ve had an iPhone for a while, which I wanted so I could support the blogging and social media and Miss E was given an iPod for her birthday last year. All of sudden we found ourselves with a few gadgets that gave us great pleasure, and that enhanced our lives. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t sit playing on them for hours on end, and they don’t replace family outings, walks in the park, or a favourite bike ride. What they do is give us information and enjoyment.
We have children that love to learn thankfully, and these gadgets allow them access to knowledge. Miss E has taught herself how to make friendship bracelets from a tutorial on Wikihow, Miss R learned about pirates for her latest homework, and created her own Powerpoint presentation, and I have the Jamie Oliver Toad in the Hole recipe bookmarked as I can never remember the measurements.
We let them play games, but only free ones, and we monitor which games they’re on. To be honest, their favourites include Sudoku, pic combo and of course, candy crush. All harmless, with some being relatively educational.
Miss E is also learning to code at school (she’s in Year 5) and loves creating scripts with Scratch on our Raspberry Pi. Last week I found her in bed, reading the Raspberry Pi guide-book as her bedtime reading so I guess she’s going to pursue that hobby a little more now. It’s not a bad thing. Technology will be everywhere for them as adults, so they need to be conversant in it, and familiar with it. Miss R will try to touch any screen on any piece of technology to control it, as that’s all she’s ever know.
Recently, we were lucky enough to add to our little collection, and try out one of these 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab. It’s somewhere in between the iPad and smartphone in terms of size, which I thought would be very handy for our upcoming trip to Disneyland Paris. Ebuyer, who sell all manner of gadgets, as well as a great selection of home and leisure products, sent us one use, and we’ve been having lots of fun with it. It was a hard choice. They have a great selection of tablets and smartphones so it took a while to sift through the range, but the smaller tablet was certainly very appealing.
What I love about this particular gadget, is it’s size. It fits in my bag easily, isn’t particularly heavy, and is much easier to transport that the iPad. It’s not really as powerful, but I knew that when I chose it. It does all of the social media, email, games, apps and internet browsing that I need, and in a much neater sizing. It also uses the Android OS of course, which I’d not tried before, but after a few days I found it was great to be using something new and fresh.
If you’re in the market for a new piece of technology, do check out the Ebuyer website and have a browse. Prices are pretty good too!